Celgard buys site in Concord

Celgard LLC has closed on 20 acres in the International Business Park for its previously announced 150,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polypore International Inc., is a leading supplier of "microporous separators" used in lithium-ion batteries. Celgard plans to begin building the plant later this year.

The plant will enable Celgard to expand its separator production capacity to support increased demand in the electric-drive vehicle market, company officials said last week in announcing the closing on the property.

Celgard's separators are also used in such products as digital cameras, laptop computers and cell phones.

The company also is expanding its existing space in Charlotte.

The Charlotte expansion, plus the new Concord plant, will create about 200 jobs, officials said.

The 517-acre International Business Park is beside Interstate 85 off Exit 55. Other tenants are Owens Corning, Minka, DNP IMS America Corp., Sysco Food Service of Charlotte Inc., Pass & Seymour/Legrand, FedEx, Oiles America Corp., PreGel, Connextions and ESP Associates.

Sidewalks approved as part of I-85 project

The city has entered a municipal agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation to provide sidewalks along Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73 during the planned Interstate 85 improvements between exits 49 and 55.

The City Council approved the agreement July 8.

In March 2009, the council agreed to provide 40percent of the funding for new sidewalks along Poplar Tent Road, from Derita Road to just west of Woodhaven Place, and along N.C. 73 from the city limits to Cambridge Heights Place.

The agreement estimates the total cost of the sidewalks at $392,602 and the city's cost at $152,041.

The I-85 improvements are expected to be complete in 2015.

Cornelius opens 18-hole disc golf course

The town recently opened an 18-hole disc golf course at Bailey Road Park, after volunteers spent about two months laying out and completing the course.

The original nine-hole course was redesigned and lengthened. It now extends around the southeast corner of the park.

Disc golf is among the fastest-growing sports in the country, with more than 12million participants, said Troy Fitzsimmons of the Cornelius PARC Department. In the Charlotte area, the number of courses will have increased from five in 1995 to 20 by the end of this year, he said.

Volunteers still are needed to help complete the Bailey Road Park course, and concrete tee pads will be poured as soon as funding has been secured.

For details about sponsorship, volunteering or donations, e-mail Bailey Park Course Director Mark Huether at